him, there are those that believe he has died orremains in a coma. Albeit, some print media haveannounced that they have been told that he is"getting well."
There is no doubt that the Cuban government, at thehighest levels, is in total control of all issues relatingto Chavez's true condition, as well as respecting the wishes of Chavez as to his mandate for actions on Venezuelan soil in his absence or in case of hisdemise. The Castro regime would have a lot to lose without proper safeguards of their Venezuelanfinancial inroads with Chavez.How do we know this with the intense secrecy exhibited by the Castro regime? The Cuban military is continuing to grow on Venezuelan soil, withnumbers now estimated at more than 5,000infantrymen, high ranking officers, and intelligenceand counterintelligence operatives. Battalions have been strategically placed throughout key locations,and it is believed they are being led by GeneralLeonardo Ramon Andollo Valdes, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Cuba.
Castro's hatred for the U.S. has never waned. Hissupport of terror and revolutionary anti-U.S. groupsthroughout the world, as well as his unwillingness tochange those practices, is clearly demonstrated by Cuba's closest allies today that include Venezuela,North Korea, Iran, and Russia.Cuba's state-dominated economy (as well as Chavez'srule in Venezuela) has been often documented asunproductive, inefficient, and riddled withmismanagement and corruption. As well, a strongcase is made that Cuba's failed economy, and theintense suffering of the oppressed Cuban people, isnot the result of the U.S. embargo "but of a failedeconomy dominated by Castro and his communistmilitary elite for over 47 years." As secrecy abounds between close leaders of Venezuela and Cuba, the previously unthinkable hasoccurred. At the recent meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, CELAC, CubanPresident Raul Castro assumed the presidency over